Post # 1
I have 8 bridesmaids and am wondering if these gifts will be enough. They spend about $250 on their dresses, and are getting hair and makeup (but this is their choice, I didn’t “make” them book it). Shoes are their choice as well.
-Floral print cotton robes (fro Etsy)
-Monogrammed wine glasses (DIY- I ordered the vinyl monograms in my wedding color and am putting them on wine glasses)
-Hangers with their name in the wire
I am also paying for lunch for them the day of, as well as a suite for us all to stay in the night before (but I don’t see these as “counting” as a gift)
Other thoughts are a bottle of wine (since they are getting wine glasses) or some sort of monogrammed item…just seems the ones you find on etsy are so expensive for what they are!
I also need an opinion on a gift for a 16yr old (my cousing who is playing the flute during our ceremony). My thoughts are a monogrammed infinity scarf or a large monogrammed tote….
Post # 4
@pittsburghbride7: More than enough!! Where did you buy the vinyl for the glasses?
What about a giftcard for the 16yo? That age loves to shop so you can never go wrong with that and a nice card.
Post # 5
@candief: I got the vinyl monograms from etsy (I think they were $2-3) and bought cheap plain wine glasses to put them on.
Post # 6
@candief: I was thinking gift-card, but she mostly shops at Nordstom….and I hate doing that because a $25 card can’t really get you an item most of the time. So I wanted to do something cute and personalized. I might go with the scarf, they have cute chevron infinity scarfs w/ monograms that are modern looking and fun.
Post # 7
@candief: I am going to do a mimosa bar w/ lunch for us while we are getting ready—-so they robes and monogrammed wine glasses will make for good photo-ops haha
Post # 8
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Robes, wine glasses, hangers, lunch, and a suite sounds good to me. I am getting a suite for the night before as well. My 4 girls will get jewlery (earrings and a bracelet), and shoes. In addition, I might pay for their hair and makeup as well (but haven’t fully committed and it depends on the deal I get from my hair stylist and makeup lady). So it looks like they may only be responsible for their dresses.
Post # 9
@pittsburghbride7: Sounds great! I’m also doing a mimosa bar : )
Damn pinterest! Haha
Post # 10
@pittsburghbride7: For your cousin, if she is passionate about her music, I would ask a flautist what would be some useful accessories a younger musician might not yet have.
If not, I have no idea what a 16 year old girl wants besides a new phone.
Post # 11
@pittsburghbride7: Hi there,
I feel everything is sort of personalised to your wedding day but not really to them.
Hangers are great for your day of photos but noone is ever really going to use a personalised hanger.
Robes i assume for them to wear while getting dressed?
Wine glasses in your wedding colour.
I would add something that they could resuse in the future.
My friend is giving her Bridesmaids Swarovski pens, i thought this was great as they all need pens on them at all times in their professions.
I’m giving my girls Return to Tiffany earrings (not to wear day of, but in future)
Post # 12
Everything (to me) seems to do with your wedding which to me personally is not a thank you to them but a gift to yourself/cost shifting.
Post # 13
Check out Marley Lilly for ideas for monogrammed stuff. That is my favorite website to get things from besides Etsy!
Post # 15
Receiving a single wine glass is only useful at your wedding. To be honest, I would keep it a few months, then donate it because it’s not getting used. People need sets, at least a pair.
Post # 16
The wine glasses I think are good to use just one. I would love a fun monogrammed wine glass for nights when I’m having a glass of wine watching movies. I do think a lot of my gifts are “photo op” type gifts which is why unwanted to add something Else. Will probably do that-possibly the wine or something totally different now.
Post # 17
Sounds lovely… but maybe this Traditional Rule of Etiquette might be helpful in your making a decision understanding the role of Thank You Gifts for the Bridal Party:
The Bride’s Thank You Gifts to the Bridesmaids should not be something that she has chosen for them as part of the Wedding itself… so Hair, Makeup, Jewellery, or other matchy-matchy items… ARE NOT THANK YOUS.
A Thank You Gift should be chosen for each individual member of the Bridal Party… as part of the friendship bond you share. It should never be matchy-matchy… it should be chosen with much more care. That isn’t to say that it cannot be earrings tho if that is something that EVERY Gal in your BP would like… just that they shouldn’t all be the same. They should be chosen to ONLY “match” the personality of the girl, and nothing else.
So strictly speaking, YES you need something else as all the items so far have been matchy-matchy and not based on the individual that each of these women are (and supposedly WHY you chose them to be your Maids… BECAUSE you truly LOVE them for who they each are)
As for the 16 Year Old Flautist, either of these Monogrammed Gifts sound lovely.
Hope this helps,